As you can imagine, losing all of your home and your belongings would be traumatizing for anyone. Having to start over with with nothing and no where to go. Add a child with special needs to the mix and it becomes even harder, especially when autism is involved. Most of you can relate to the many challenges that come with raising a child with autism. They don’t handle change well at all. They need stability, structure, special child proofing measures, schedules, therapy related items, learning materials and much more.
One family lost ALL of that when they lost their home to Hurricane Sandy. Above all, they experienced regression and lost progress that their sweet girl had made. Here is an excerpt of one of her blog entries……
“Hurricane Sandy not only took your possessions but she trampled on the Boss Lady’s progress. She took everything a way in a few hours. POOF! gone. Walking into your house the day after put a wrench in your heart like none other. With Autism, your child has obscure attachment to things. How will she handle the loss of all her items that make her feel better? Parents of typical parents worried about their kids clothes, beds, and toys. Your biggest worries were HER SWING, her weighted blanket, her car seat that she goes into after a melt down for security. The strip of velcro on the wall with her visual schedule to prepare her for her day. GONE ALL GONE”
You can read more of her post and follow their journey on Adventures on the Spectrum.
We Need YOUR Help!
A couple of us bloggers have teamed up to reach out to this family. We are seeking donations to cover the costs of a brand new weighted blanket for this sweet girl.
Her weighted blanket was one of her favorite items that was lost and I want to see her wrapped in love and comfort while she snuggles down with her new one made by G’ma over at G’ma’s Monkey Business. G’ma is volunteering her time to make this one special, we just need help to cover the cost of material and shipping.
Along with the weighted quilt, we are sending a visual schedule and would love to send other items this family could use.
Every dollar will help us reach that goal!
*Updated 2/4/2013: Thanks to generous donors, we have reached our goal!!! Thank you to EVERYONE who made this possible!